Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are traveling to Pittsburgh, PA to express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Squirrel Hill community that was the site of a deadly synagogue shooting. They’ll return to Washington, D.C. this evening.

Vice President Mike Pence this morning participates in POLITICO’s Playbook live interview with Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, and then departs D.C., headed for Birmingham, AL, where he will participate in a NRSC event before returning to Washington.

At 8:30 a.m., the Association for a Better New York is hosting a Power Breakfast with the Republican candidate for governor, Marc Molinaro, The Mezzanine, 55 Broadway, Manhattan.

At 9:30 a.m., LG Kathy Hochul discusses state government on C-SPAN’s 50 Capitals Tour with Peter Slen.

At 10 a.m., Taste NY will kick-off the Capital Region Food and Farms Business Expo, The Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany

At 11 a.m., Hochul delivers remarks at the opening of MAGIC Spell Studios, Rochester Institute of Technology, MAGIC Center, Rochester.

At 5 p.m., Hochul addresses the congregation at a communal shiva for the victims of the Tree of Life shooting, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, 130 W. 30th St., Manhattan.

At 7 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will host a tele-town hall on the Charter Revision Commission ballot proposals.

Also at 7 p.m., the state AG candidates – Democratic NYC Public Advocate Tish James and Republican Keith Wofford – face off in a televised debate hosted by NY1 Spectrum News, moderated by Errol Louis and me, Liz Benjamin.

At 8 p.m., Cuomo delivers remarks at an interfaith vigil, Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave., Manhattan. (Hochul also attends).

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A question-and-answer session with reporters to announce the president’s trip to Pittsburgh appeared aimed as much at absolving him of blame for his divisive messaging and at lashing out at news organizations as it was at expressing outrage and grief over the synagogue shooting that claimed the lives of 11 congregants.

The mayor of Pittsburgh suggested that President Trump choose a different time to visit the city rather than the day of the first of 11 funerals for the victims of the synagogue shooting.

Trump said “you should go about your life” when asked whether he would tone down his rhetoric in the wake of a violent week that included pipe bombs mailed to Democrats and a mass shooting at a synagogue.

Potential presidential contender and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accused Trump of “inciting” violence and hate instead of “unifying” the nation as a president should.

The man accused of the Pittsburgh shooting, Robert Bowers, sat before a federal judge in a downtown courtroom yesterday after having arrived in a wheelchair. He declined to have the judge read the full criminal complaint against him, or the penalties should he be found guilty, and was ordered held without bail.

Two Tree of Life synagogue congregants stared down Bowers in the courtroom, and came away underwhelmed.

The repercussions of the social media companies’ inability to handle disinformation and hate speech have manifested themselves abundantly in recent days.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and other faith leaders will gather for a vigil at a Manhattan synagogue tonight to call for civility following the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Reports of a suspicious package at The New York Times Midtown building caused a scare last night.

More than 5,000 active-duty military troops will deploy to the southern border by the end of this week, Defense Department officials said – an escalation of a midterm election show of force against a caravan of Central American migrants that Trump has characterized as an “invasion of our country.”

Trump said he will “probably” respond to “some” questions for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

A number of New York House members are poised to chair powerful committees – and be a thorn in Trump’s side – should the Democrats succeed in re-taking the majority.

Trump has said a “red wave” is building ahead of the midterms. But behind the scenes, his administration is tacitly admitting that the GOP may lose the House.

Most polling suggests that Democrats should flip the House of Representatives in the midterm elections — but some analysts warned that nothing is certain a week before the pivotal contests.

A new lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan accuses Trump, his company and three of his children of using the Trump name to entice vulnerable people to invest in sham business opportunities.

The lawsuit alleges the Trump family “conned” vulnerable people to sink their hard-earned cash into sketchy multilevel marketing schemes while the president was pocketing millions in “secret payments” for his endorsement.

The case against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein appears to be fraying, which does not bode well for Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.

Top defense lawyer Ben Brafman and Vance — who are facing off in the contentious Weinstein case — were seated at the same table at a Police Athletic League lunch with NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.

It took 24 years, but a woman who was raped in a Brooklyn park and then maligned by police officials and a columnist who doubted her story has received what she wanted: a formal apology from the New York City police commissioner.

John Mannion and four other Democratic candidates in competitive state Senate races are receiving fundraising help from a prominent activist and former gubernatorial hopeful: Cynthia Nixon.

As he makes his final pitch to voters in the 50th Senate District, Mannion decided to inject some humor into the race with a new TV ad that parodies the slew of negative commercials airing in the Syracuse area. His wife, Jennifer, and three children make appearances in the ad.

Cuomo received a late infusion of cash from charter school interests, his latest financial disclosure form shows.

Cuomo’s multi-million dollar campaign war chest has been depleted to below $7 million, according to his most most recent campaign filing submitted to the State Board of Elections.

In an unusually testy debate last night in the state comptroller’s race, Republican candidate Jonathan Trichter almost got himself thrown off the stage.

In the debate, Trichter was on the attack. The longtime Democrat-turned-Republican criticized incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli’s stewardship of the state’s $209 billion pension fund. It has not performed as well as other large pension funds around the country.

The three NY-21 Congressional District candidates sparred over gun control, trade agreements and military spending in a sometimes contentious debate last night hosted by Spectrum News.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, yesterday afternoon stepped in to help a semi-conscious man who was sprawled out on a City of Poughkeepsie sidewalk after suffering a likely stroke.

Molinaro issued a “civility challenge,” asking his opponents to refrain from all negative ads and attacks from now until Election Day.

NY-27 Democratic congressional candidate Nathan McMurray, arguing that Rep. Chris Collins wouldn’t have time to serve constituents because of his indictment on felony insider trading charges, challenged the Republican incumbent to promise to be more accountable to voters than ever before. Collins did not respond.

A state judge in Albany dealt a blow to New York’s fantasy sports businesses by ruling their daily contests were a form of gambling that the state constitution prohibits.

In his ruling, Albany Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly sided with anti-gambling activists and declared the 2016 compromise measure “null and void.”

The decision means that contests offered by DraftKings, FanDuel and other daily fantasy sports operators should be shut down by the state, according to the lawyer who brought the case.

The Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon pans Cuomo’s management of the state highway system, saying there has been “a focus on megaprojects, frills and quick fixes at the expense of essential but more costly long-term repairs.”

Bronx Democratic Councilman Ritchie Torres plans to introduce bills this week that would establish a city-operated charity that taxpayers could donate to in lieu of paying local taxes, in hopes of circumventing a new federal tax law that caps state and local tax deductions.

State Sen. Jose Peralta’s Queens office was closed yesterday after a staffer found a powdery substance in a piece of mail, which was actually addressed to his colleague, Sen. Mike Gianaris. The substance was non-hazardous, non-explosive, and deemed safe, police said.

Roughly a week before the election, Democratic Central New York state Senate candidate Rachel May, has more than 80 times as much campaign cash as her Republican opponent, Janet Burman. May had $115,937 as of Oct. 22, compared with just $1,401 for Burman, according to campaign filings.

Former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato’s estranged wife claims he tried to “fix” their divorce case by dining with the state’s chief judge — and she’s got the photo to prove it.

The overall number of poverty-stricken kids in city public schools, including charters, is the highest in five years, according to Department of Education data.

Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman blasted the top management at the scandal-rocked New York City Housing Authority, calling it a “real disaster” and saying there was “no more important case in his office.”

State and Suffolk County officials announced funding for new initiatives in Brentwood that aim to curb MS-13 gang violence.

Yesterday marked six years since Superstorm Sandy wrought havoc on Long Island, flooding thousands of homes, demolishing waterfront properties and leaving much of the Island in the dark.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped by Albany Medical Center to decry recent cuts to a little known drug-pricing program that area hospitals say are making it harder for them to serve needy populations.

More than 50 Central New York school districts have been hit with nine cyber attacks so far this year, the most recent attack occurring on Oct. 4, Schumer said.

Experience versus ethics is what the candidates running for Rensselaer County district attorney reduced their campaigns to in the closing minutes last night in their only debate before the Nov. 6 election.

A 72-foot-tall tree from Wallkill, New York, has been selected to grace the Manhattan plaza for the upcoming season, Rockefeller Center officials announced on Twitter

The family of a Sacred Heart University junior who died last year after participating in a charity pancake-eating contest is suing the New Jersey university, saying it was at fault for sanctioning the event and not having medical staff on hand.